North East Trust named tech team of the year

A Stockton and Hartlepool health care provider has been named Health Tech Team of the Year at a national awards ceremony hosted by the Health Tech Newspaper.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust received the accolade at the HTN Awards on 3 October 2019, as well as winning the much coveted Best use of Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration (EPMA) award on the evening.

Image of award winning teamThe awards are aimed at showcasing the forward thinking talent that is prevalent in health care organisations across the country, highlighting innovations being implemented up and down the country to transform the lives of patients.

The successful adaptation of InterSystems TrakCare EPMA is helping to improve outcomes for around 400,000 residents in the surrounding areas. North Tees and Hartlepool say the system that secured them the award is having real ward level impact, and represents one of the biggest transformational changes in the Trust’s ‘Fast Follower’ digital journey.

Dr Jay Vasani, Consultant Physician and Chief Clinical Information Officer explains more Dr Jay Vasani, Consultant Physician and Chief Clinical Informatics Officer explains more ‘TrakCare has changed how we work day-to-day, and our performance as a Trust is evidence of these changes. The digital capability of having vital clinical information available to our staff when the patient needs it most is critical in delivering safe and timely care. Previous inefficiencies have been ironed out by implementing EPMA and other digital solutions. Our organisations’ absolute commitment and dedication to digital transformation has resulted in the awards to date.’

The day after the Trust picked up the award, Chief Information and Technology Officer, Dr Graham Evans received notification that he had been appointed Honorary Professor of Teesside University. Explaining more about the awards, the appointment and the impact on health care for the North East he says ‘for our Trust, system working in a truly collaborative approach is more integral to successful patient outcomes than ever before. As we start to look at population health for the North East and North Cumbria, it is our digital developments that will help to ensure we make the best improvements for the people that matter most – our patients.

The honorary professor accolade heralds the importance of technology in health care, and to receive not one but two awards at one of the most important digital events in our calendar is overwhelming, but absolute testament to the hard work of colleagues both in and outside of the Trust’.

Chris Chapman, VP TrakCare, InterSystems, said ‘The team at North Tees and Hartlepool continue to impress. They are never afraid to be the first to adopt something new, to lead the way, and to share lessons to help others follow in their footsteps. This is about more than creating an internationally recognised digitally mature healthcare organisation. This is about supporting a customer that wants to achieve great things for its hardworking staff and patients’.

This is the second year running that the trust has been recognised at the national awards. In 2018, the trust won ‘Impact of the Year’.

‘The Health Tech Awards 2019 were a real success, the competition was extremely high and it was very clear there are lots great projects making a difference across health and care. It definitely gave our judges quite a lot to do to choose the winners!

One of our judges, Dr Samra, a junior doctor from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals commented on the work at North Tees and Hartlepool and their work with InterSystems, he said ‘simply wow’.

It was a pleasure to hear about what has been achieved at the trust, a partnership the entry termed a health tech marriage. It showed with strong partnerships and passionate people what can be achieved’.

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